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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

The Castro: Historical Walking Tour of San Francisco's Gay & Lesbian District

Step out on a historical walking tour of San Francisco's internationally renowned gay neighborhood, the Castro. While walking you will learn about the history of the Castro and visit the historical landmarks that remain a symbol and source of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activism and events.

This comprehensive San Francisco tour details the rich and diverse history of the Castro neighborhood and beyond.


  • Guided walking tour through the Castro neighborhood
  • Learn about the history and culture of San Francisco
  • Twin Peaks Tavern, Castro Theatre and the colorful murals of the Castro
  • Walk by Harvey Milk's former residence and camera shop, the Harvey Milk Plaza and the Civil Rights Academy
  • See the Rainbow Honor Walk Project, the Pink Triangle Memorial Park, and The Leonard Matlovich Vietnam Vet Plaque
  • Visit the Hope for World Cure Mural and the AIDS Quilt Names Projects original site
  • Informative narrative from your local guide

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What You Can Expect

The Castro: Historical Walking Tour of San Francisco's Gay & Lesbian District

Castro Theatre, San Francisco

On this guided walking tour through San Francisco's vibrant Castro district you'll visit the Castro Theatre, one of San Francisco's premier movie houses, which gave the neighborhood its name.

Harvey Milk, San Francisco's icon and civil rights leader, was a profound contributor to the history of the Castro. On this tour you will have the opportunity to visit Harvey Milk's residence, his photo shop and campaign headquarters.

Other Castro landmarks you will see on this historical walking tour include the Pink Triangle Memorial Park (a triangular free-standing memorial to thousands of gay men persecuted in Nazi camps of World War II), and the legendary Twin Peaks Tavern (First gay bar in America to have glass windows).

All tours are incredibly informative and empowering. Public walkways are wheelchair accessible.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very informative.
Kathy was great and very willing to answer questions.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was so interesting to see how this community has evolved. I really liked that it was a walking tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgable about the gay and lesbian community. I would reccomend this tour to anyone. I also would like to not none of us that took the tour are gay or lesiban just wanted to know everything about the city. We thought this was a great way to understand San Francisco and we were not disappointed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

our lead was knowledgeable and entertaining. well worth the money and time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Awesome. A real amazing tour of history and information. Kathy has a wealth of knowledge and a lovely personality. We could have listened to her all day long. The tour really gave an insight into the Harvey Milk story and the history of the Castro. Prob the best your we experienced on our trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Much more emotional than expected our guide, Kathy Amendelo was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

very interesting and moving tour! I would highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Kathy did an amazing job with our tour in April. I enjoyed the detailed history she provided about San Francisco's LGBT community. It was truly enjoyable!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Fascinating tour of one of America's most interesting neighborhoods by a charming local

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The tour was really interesting and informative. Our guide Kathy was funny, friendly and knowledgable about the area and it was clear that she was really involved in the community and passionate about sharing this with visitors.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Thanks a lot to our guide Kathy!! She was so friendly and gave us a lot of information in our tour. Strongly recommended :)

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